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William Kunstler talks about the Chicago Conspiracy Trial, the Black Panther Party, the right to self defense and much more in these recordings from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The Terrible MythVideo: The Terrible Myth
Kunstler talks about what he sees as the "terrible myth" of organized society and the justice system, which he believes governments throughout history have used to put people to death with an "aura of legality." Watch the video and read the transcript »



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Audio: On Self Defense, 1969: Kunstler addresses the black community and talks about self defense, the Black Panther Party and tells his audience that they must stand ready to protect themselves and their community, and retaliate when necessary.





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On the First Amendment and Political Repression, 1969: Kunstler talks about his unique experiences as part of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial, the importance of freedom of speech and more.





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Debate with Chicago 8 Prosecutor Richard Schultz, 1970: In this debate, broadcast on KPFA, Kunstler talks about his defense of the Chicago 8 and defendant Bobby Seale, who was bound and gagged during the trial. Schultz responds to Kunstler's statements, and the two men go back and forth.





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Power to the People, 1970: Kunstler addresses and audience and encourages them to unite, struggle against an oppressive government and embrace "power to the people." He also plays a recording of a speech by Eldridge Cleaver, author of Soul on Ice and minister of information for the Black Panther Party.





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Discussion of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial, 1970: In Los Angeles, Kunstler talks about the details of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial in front of an audience and encourages them to fight injustices in the court rooms.





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At the National Lawyer's Guild Convention, 1970: Kunstler addresses the National Lawyer's Guild Convention, where he talks about the Chicago Conspiracy trial and the possibility of his jail sentence for contempt during that trial.





All audio above appears here courtesy of the Pacifica Radio Archives and Emily and Sarah Kunstler.





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While our father lived in front of news cameras, we found our place behind the lens. We hope our film communicates that the world we inherit is better because someone struggled for justice, and that those changes will survive only if we continue to fight.”

— Sarah Kunstler, Filmmaker

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